With her ability to write
a multilayered plot and dynamic characters,
Ranney delivers sizzling stories that
are addictive. Her latest is tantalizing, provocative and perceptive.

With his brothers' untimely and mysterious deaths on his mind, Grant Roberson, the new Earl of Straithern, decides to marry a sensible, unemotional woman. The local doctor's daughter, Arabella Fenton, appears ideal. But it is her companion, the curiously intelligent and quite emotional Gillian Cameron, who truly sparks his interest. She shares his fascination with experiments in electricity, and soon sparks fly between them.

But Gillian has already learned the dangers of falling in love and vows never to be caught by passion again. Grant is a temptation she cannot ignore. Grant believes he needs an obedient wife, when all he desires is Gillian's fire. Struggling with their attraction, they are ensnared in a killer's web and risk their hearts as they join forces to unmask the murderer. (Avon, Oct., 384 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin